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UCLA-USC Meet Set For May 6 At Drake Stadium
By: UCLA Athletics

May. 1, 2000

On Saturday, May 6, the Bruins' newly -renovated Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA-USC dual men's and women's track and field meet. All events are at Drake Stadium. The hammer throw will start at 9 a.m., other field events at 11 a.m. and running events at 1 p.m.

The Bruin men have won the last 21 consecutive duals (1978-99), while USC leads the men's series 38-28. UCLA's women's team leads the series 13-3 and have won the last seven (1993-99) dual meets in a row.

In the USTCA National Team rankings (based on individual marks) as of April 25th, the Bruin women were No. 1 and the Trojan women were No. 7 and in men's rankings, USC was No. 4 and UCLA No. 8.

Trackwire national weekly rankings (based on how a team will score at the NCAA Outdoor) for April 26, the UCLA women were No. 4 and the Trojan women were No. 3 and in the men's rankings, the USC men were No. 4 and the Bruins were tied for No. 19.

In conjunction with the meet, the UCLA Department of Undergraduate Admissions and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are sponsoring the "I?m Going To College Event", with between 5,000-10,000 elementary, middle school and high school students attending the dual.

The program provides students from throughout southern California the opportunity to not only see a major college athletic event, but also enjoy the sights and sounds of the UCLA campus. Pre-meet activities include campus tours and discussions with admission counselors, current UCLA student-athletes, alumni student scholars and law enforcement officers, along with contests to win UCLA apparel, and much more.

Gatorade and 92.3fm The Beat will also be present at the stadium sponsoring games, give-a-ways and playing music. The meet will be delayed broadcast on Sunday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net 2.

There will be a press luncheon to highlight the meet on Wednesday, May 3 at noon in the clubhouse at the LA Tennis Center, located directly west of Pauley Pavilion, on the UCLA campus.

On May 1, 1999 at Cromwell Field on the USC campus, the UCLA men and women continued their dual dominance over the Trojans.

In men's competition, the UCLA men outscored USC 35-1 in the distances and in the latter stages of the meet, had to sweep the 5000m and discus to defeat the Trojan men, 82-81. It was the closest meet in series history and the first UCLA-USC men's meet to ever be determined by just one point. Even though USC still leads the series 38-28, it was UCLA's 21st consecutive dual win over the Trojans, along with 15 straight victories for Bruin head coach Bob Larsen. Bruin winners included--junior Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:50.13) and 1500m (3:54.64), sophomore Mason Moore in the 3000m steeplechase (9:26.80), freshman Bryan Green in the 5000m (14:58.86), sophomore Steve Michels in the pole vault (17-7), senior Travis Haynes in the shot put (61-1 1/4) and senior Luke Sullivan in the discus (187-4).

In women's competition, UCLA won 91-63. It was UCLA's seventh straight victory over the Trojans and Jeanette Bolden's sixth consecutive win over USC. The Bruins now lead the series 13-3.

Bruin winners included--senior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (52.26), senior Joanna Hayes won both the 100m hurdles (12.7hw) and 400m hurdles (56.02, national dual meet record), UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:35.15), freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-7), freshman Tracy O?Hara in the pole vault (12-11 3/4), junior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (43-3) and junior Seilala Sua won four events (shot put, 55-11 1/4, discus, 200-00, hammer, 191-6 and javelin, 153-11).

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